The building of this cathedral was a long and chaotic process, that lasted 150 years and only ended at the end of the 20th century (1999!). Like its predecessors, this cathedral was built at the behest of rich burghers, who wished to have the most beautiful, the most sumptuous and the most perfect of churches to house the ancient statue of Notre-Dame de la Treille, the kindly patron saint of the city. The original design was neo-Gothic, but as time went on and work progressed in dribs and drabs, a patchwork of architectural styles left their marks on the building. The last part of the building to be completed was the bold contemporary façade. At the heart of Vieux Lille, the "Treille" square, as it's locally known, is a delightful place to sit down for a moment in the sun, on the steps of the cathedral or at one of the cafe terraces nearby.